There are some brands that aim for their watches to be an experience on your wrist; horological innovations that certainly draw attention to themselves and just so happen to tell the time in the process. And then there’s Ressence, a watchmaker whose timepieces are just as utilitarian as they are staggering. Known for a design language all its own, with signature domed dials, decided minimalism, and orbiting subdials, the Belgian company simply has to swap in a new color onto the dial or add a minute detail for us to take notice and talk about it. For its Type 3 model, Ressence has just given it a magnificent Eucalyptus green hue.
Debuting a decade ago now, the Type 3 is known for its domed dial that’s been filled with 3.75mL of oil (the world’s first), which is more about clarity than it is novelty. Because of it, you can read the time from just about any angle. The oil in the dial maintains its distance from the ETA 2824 automatic movement on the back side, which connects to the dial via a magnetic transmission and is covered by a caseback, also in eucalyptus green. There’s also a bellow system to help it adjust to any volume increases of the oil due to a change in temperature.
The real tricks begin on the muted green dial itself, which utilizes the Ressence Orbital Convex System (ROCS) for its movement. It features a quartet of subdials that rotate along the same plane as the minute hand while each serving a different purpose. For instance, one tells the hour, another counts seconds, another displays the day of the week, and another the temperature. On the very outside, the bezel gives you the date. It’s all housed inside a 44mm grade 5 titanium case adorned with a gray honeycomb leather strap.
Priced at CHF 38,200 ($43,237), the Type 3 EE in eucalyptus green is currently available from Ressence retailers.